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‘Calypso Stickmen’ stun Argentina
Australian-based Akim Toussaint scored two first-half field goals to lead T&T ‘Calypso Stickmen’ to a 5-2 upset of Argentina in the third and final match of the opening night of competition in the Indoor Pan American Cup Men’s Tournament at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in Guyana on Monday night.
The early moments favoured Argentina but after wasting two penalty corners opportunities, the South Americans needed their goalkeeper Francisco Demonte to make a huge save to keep the momentum going.
Not to be outdone at the other end, T&T custodian Ron Alexander dove to stop a Juan Eleicegui shot after being set up by a brilliant run Alejo Lacaze.
T&T would eventually break the deadlock in the 14th minute when a midfield intercept and spirited run by Jordan Riviera found Toussaint and his poised finish gave the ‘Calypso Stickmen’ the 1-0 lead.
Remarkably, Toussaint doubled the lead in the same minute of a mishandled pushback by the Argentines.
Argentina continue to falter on their penalty-corners with Alfreda Sosa shooting wide and Eleicigui mis-trapping at the top, before Leandro Leotta finally scored from the field with a blistering shot that found the mesh in the 18th.
The second-half featured three early goals for T&T with Dwain Quan Chan (23rd), Jordan Viera (24th) and captain Solomon Eccles (26th) that put Caribbean nation in the drivers seat at 5-2 ahead.
Despite the three-goal gap Argentina continued to push forward and managed to get a second item two minutes from full-time time when Alfredo Sosa scored from a penalty-corner.
Yesterday, the Raphael Govia-coached T&T men were back in action and improved to a perfect six points with a 4-0 triumph over Guyana via second-half items from Aidan De Gannes in the 25th, Jordan Reynos, a 28th minute penalty and Mickell Pierre and Jordan Vieira, both in the 40th minute.
In yesterday’s two early matches, Canada also improved to 2-0 with a 6-1 defeat of Barbados while Mexico came up against Argentina last night.
Today, T&T meets Barbados from 3.15pm followed by Mexico and Guyana at 5.45pm, and Argentina and Canada to close off the night from 8.15pm.
The six-team round-robin series will continue daily until Friday, at the end of which, the top two teams will contest the final, from which the tournament winner will qualify to the Indoor World Cup in Berlin, Germany, next February.
Stickwomen suffer third straight loss
T&T women’s indoor hockey team dropped to a 0-3 record in its Women Indoor Pan American Cup seven-team series at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, in Georgetown, Guyana yesterday.
This after the Alanna Lewis-captained ‘Calypso Stickwomen’ went under to Argentina yesterday and Uruguay on Monday night by similar 4-0 margins to add to their 7-2 loss to USA on Monday morning.
In the loss against Argentina, Emma Yanzi scored a second-half brace in the 21st, a penalty-stroke and 26th minute after Carina Guzman, first minute opener was followed by Julianna Ferreyra’s eighth minute item.
And Uruguay on Monday night Maria Teresa Viana Ache (20th), captain Augustina Nieto (25th), Camila de Maria (38th) and Constanza Barrandeguy (39th) were on target for the winners.
In yesterday’s first women’s encounter Canada blanked Guyana 2-0 to improve to maximum six points, three behind the Argentines while Uruguay (six points) came up against USA in the late match.
In Monday night other matches, Argentina blanked Guyana 3-0 and Canada spanked Barbados 5-1.
Today (Wednesday), T&T meets Canada from 2pm followed by Argentina and USA at 4.30pm and Guyana and Barbados at 7pm.
The seven-team round-robin series will continue daily until Friday, at the end of which, the top two teams will contest the final, from which the tournament winner will qualify to the Indoor World Cup in Berlin, Germany, next February.
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